Playing Difference-Gut Hybrid

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  1. john hempel

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    Can someone refer me to a source or explain for me the relative advantages of stringing mains with gut and crosses with syn/poly versus mains with syn/poly and crosses with gut? i know that there are differences in individual string, but i'm trying to understand the general difference in the two approaches. Thanks for any clarification. John
     
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  2. Casey10s

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    In talking to a few people who do a LOT of stringing, Luxilon on the mains will provide more power/less control. Luxilon on the the crosses will provide less power/more control. This also depends a lot on the tensions used for each.
     
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  3. TonyB

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    Huh? Poly in the mains being MORE powerful than gut in the mains?

    You're not talking to the right people.
     
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  4. origmarm

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    I am going to start experimenting with this shortly. The difference as explained to me is that the stringbed will be a combination of the characteristics of the main and cross strings. The primary characteristics however will be the main.

    So for example gut mains/poly crosses would play like a gut job but the poly would tame the power, make the stringbed stiffer and provide more spin potential ("grippier" poly string). A poly main/gut crosses hybrid would play like a poly job but less stiff with a bit more power. Does that make sense or am I just rambling? :)
     
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  5. nickb

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    Correct...well explained too :)

    Nick
     
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  6. Bud

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    I agree. When I want to tame down the power of gut mains, I'll place a poly in the cross.

    If I want a dampened feel on the string bed but don't want it overly harsh, I'll place poly in the mains and gut (or some other soft string) in the crosses.

    I don't agree that poly is more powerful than gut in the mains. But, this is my opinion and based on trying both configurations many times.
     
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